Dead & Dying Trees


Welcome to the Dead & Dying Tree Section of the ADC Website

Tree on field

The photograph above was taken in an Oak Woodland in Mendocino County, CA.  It shows the majesty and beauty of a healthy old Oak Tree.  We are saddened by the fact that many of the Oak Trees (with or without Sudden Oak Tree Death Syndrome), are declining and dying at a rapid rate throughout many areas of California and other states.  The news is not good with regard to the health of entire suites of tree and plants communities across the United States.

There are many new threats to our forestland, public parks, and other areas besides tree decline:


  • These threats involve banning people from access to our public lands by the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies;


  • New laws which allow toxic waste dumping in forestlands from mining and other activities;


  •  The number and scope of permits being issued for uranium mining, natural gas fracturing, shale oil deveopment, mineral extraction, and the clearcutting of these lands for profit.


The threats are increasing as the planned sale of public lands and the underming of our Clean Air and Water Acts are being conducted in the halls of congress right now.  These threats to our water supplies, forest lands, and human health through deregulation and stopping the protection of  our enviroment will have profound impacts in the coming years. 

Articles & Other Infomation


37 1 2007 NWV Our Dead & Dying Trees July 22, 2007 Article by Rosalind.pdf

37 1 2009 33 NASA News Tree Deaths Have Doubled Across the Western United States January 22, 2009.pdf

37 1 2009 Tree Deaths in Forests Have Doubled Across the Western United States January 22, 2009 NASA.pdf

General Information


37A 1999 Tree Fall Colors 1999.pdf

37A 2004 General Tree Decline Symptoms Information 2004.pdf

37A 2005 Tree Dictionary 2005.pdf

37A 2006 33 NASA January 11, 2006 Deep-Rooted Plants-Trees Have Great Impact on Climate - Studies.pdf

37A 2007 Tree Decline Study 1983-2007 Sierras Conifer Deaths Doubled August 8, 2007 Press Democrat.pdf

37A 2008 ENN News August 4, 2008 Natural Forests Store CO2 More Than Industrialized Forests.pdf

37A 2009 33 NASA News Tree Deaths Have Doubled Across the Western United States January 22, 2009.pdf

37A 2009 NASA Forest Tree Deaths Have Doubled in the Western States January 22, 2009.pdf

37A 2010 U.S. Losing Trees Faster Than Other Heavily Forested Nations+Map April 27 2010 USA Today News.pdf

Articles, Posters & Other Information


37B 2007 Our Dead & Dying Trees July 22, 2007.pdf

37B 2008 Skywatch Poster Trees+Contrails 2008.pdf

37B 2009 United Nations 2009 Summary & Update Dying Plants by Buckmann.pdf

California Issues


37CZ 2005 California Department of Forestry UFEI Tree Information Website.pdf

37CZ 2005 IHRMP Tree California Oak Report November 3, 2005 danr.ucop UC Berkeley.pdf

37C 2005 Mendocino County Oak Tree Report 2005.pdf

37C 2005 Tree California Oaks October 31, 2005 Tree Health.pdf

37C 2007 Tree Deaths S.F. Chronicle Sierra Nevada CA August 2007.pdf

37C 2007 Tree Declines Death Sierras CA August 8, 2007 The Press Democrat.pdf

37C 2008 Tree Decline The Press Democrat CA History Archive 2008 A.pdf

37C 2008 Tree Decline The Press Democrat CA History Archive 2008 B.pdf

37C 2008 Tree Rights in California Protected NYTimes July 23, 2008.pdf

37C 2009 USGS Tree Deaths Doubled-Western United States January 22, 2009.pdf

37C 2010 Coalition of Environmental Groups Filed Lawsuit Against HWY 101 Plan that Threatens Redwoods in Richardson Grove-Humboldt County S.F. Chronile June 19, 2010.pdf

37C 2010 Questionable BLM Sells Douglas Fir Near Redding Hoadley Peak Forest Area May 4, 2010 Not A Great Idea.pdf

Aluminum Issues


37D 1993 TPS Aluminum Effect of Ozone and Aluminum on Pitch Pine Trees.pdf

37D 1997 Gypsum-Limestone Tree Decline September 22, 1997 Acid Rain.pdf

37D 1998 TPS Aluminum Forest Soils Abstract SSSAJ 1998.pdf

37D 2000 TPS Aluminum in Soils Abstract Acidification 2000.pdf

37D 2001Tree Study-Differential Aluminum-Calcium Concentrations in the Tissues of Ten Cornus Tree Species Richardson.pdf

37D 2001 TPS Aluminum March 2001 Abstract Plant Physiology Studies.pdf

37D 2003 TPS Aluminum Resistant Plant Development Molecular Biology 2003 Howell.pdf

37D 2004 Study on Tree Health Aluminum and Calcium July 1, 2004 Implications for Tree Health.pdf

37D 2004 Tree Health Aluminum 2004 Calcium in Spruce Trees-Tree Physiology.pdf

37D 2004 U.S. Forest Service Tree Health Aluminum Studies 2004 Published.pdf

37D 2004 U.S. Forest Service Tree Physiology 2004 Tree Health Aluminum Calcium Spruce.pdf

37D 2004 Weather BBC 2004 Acid Rain + Dying Forests.pdf

37D 2005 TPS Aluminum USDA January 31, 2005 Soils + Plants Abstract.pdf

37D 2007 TPS Aluminum Wheat Production in Stressed Soils 2007 Book Abstract.pdf

37D 2007 TSP Aluminum Book Encyclopedia of Soil Science DEC 20, 2007 Abstract Limit Plant Root Growth+Productivity.pdf

37D 2008 TPS Aluminum Ontario Canada Soils July 31, 2008 Ministry of Agriculture Food Affairs.pdf

37D 2008 TPS Aluminum Tolerant Crops MIT October 2, 2008 Genetic Engineering.pdf

37D 2008 TPS Aluminum Tolerant Crops October 3, 2008 by Mason Inman.pdf



37E 2004 Aspen Tree Questionable Logging Experiment in Michigan to Boost Carbon Absorption May 24, 2008 Chronicle Herald.pdf

Foreign Countries


37F 1996 JapanTree Decline Foliage Color 1996. pdf.pdf

37F 2005 Selective Logging May Have Doubled Damage in Amazon October 1, 2005 Brazil Carnegie Study.pdf

37F 2007 Tree Planting Canada August 13, 2007 Investing for the Future.pdf

37F 2008 Tree Declines NYTimes May 25, 2008 Brazil Rainforest Deforestation.pdf

37F 2009 Brazil - Paying Farmers to Let Trees Stand August 22, 2009 NYTimes Entire Article Page 2.pdf

37F 2009 Brazil - Paying Farmers to Let Trees Stand August 22, 2009 NYTimes Page 1.pdf

37F 2010 Indonesai Agrees to Curb Commercial Deforestation for Money under U.N. REDD NYTimes May 27, 2010 Who Will Pay.pdf

37F 2010 Island of Madasgascar Timber Barons Cutting Scarce Rosewood Trees in National Parks for China NYTimes May 24, 2010.pdf

37F 2010 Two Amazon Studies Link Deforestation to an Increased Risk of Malaria January 30, 2010 EN News.pdf

Genetically Modified Trees & Forest Ecosystems


37G 2005 Genetically Modified GM Forest Trees World Status 2005.pdf

37G 2005 Genetically Modified or GM Forest Trees 2005.pdf

37G 2007 Geoengineered Trees Threaten Forest Ecosystems August 2, 2007.pdf

37G 2010 GE U.S. Clears a Test of Bioengineered Trees NYTimes May 12, 2010 Eucalyptus-Plum+Others.pdf

Herbicides, Pesticides, Insecticides


37H 2009 Forest Aerial Spray Abstract May 2009 Search.pdf

Clearcutting & Deforestation + Salmon Issues


37I 2008 Aviation Alternatives - Biofuels Spreading Hunger + Deforestation May 2008 Monbiot.pdf

37I 2008 Salmon NYTimes December 2008 America - Disappearing Forests - Salmon.pdf

Oak Trees


37KZ 2004 Sudden Oak Death Syndrome March 3, 2004 Could SOD be caused by Lack of Direct Sunlight from Man-Made Clouds.pdf

37K 2005 California Oak Woodlands Climate Change October 31, 2005 Questions Man-Made Clouds-Lack of Photosynthesis-Aluminum.pdf

37K 2005 Climate Change Threatens California Oaks Santa Cruz Sentinal News CA November 1, 2005.pdf

37K 2007 Acorn Decline August 30, 2007 The Reporter.pdf

37K 2008 Acorn Decline California Department of Fish-Game 2008 1.pdf

37K 2008 Acorn Decline California Department of Fish-Game 2008 2.pdf

37K 2008 Acorn Decline California Department of Fish-Game Search 2008.pdf

37K 2008 Acorn Decline CNRS 2008 Possibilities - Unknown.pdf

37K 2008 Acorn Decline December 8, 2008 Mysterious - Squirrels + Other Animal Food.pdf

37K 2008 Acorn Decline Pennsylvania September 15, 2008.pdf



37L 1992 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tree Pollinator Decline Flying Foxes 1992 Abstract.pdf

Miscellaneous Issues


37M 2008 ENN News July 23, 2008 Improved Forest Practices Cut Carbon Emissions.pdf

37M 2010 Moringa Oleifera Tree Seeds-Water Treatment March 14, 2010 Science Daily News.pdf



37P 2009 NYTimes July 7, 2009 Forest Decline Beetle Attacks on Western Forests by Robbins.pdf

37P 2010 What is Killing the Great Forests of the American West by Jim Robbins Environment 360 March 15, 2010.pdf

Tree Pests


37Q 2004 Tree Decline Mendocino County Ft. Bragg Advocate-News July 29, 2004 Bark Beetle 2004.pdf

37Q 2008 Fort Bragg Coastal Area Mendocino County CATree Decline May 12, 2008 Press Democrat CA Many Questions.pdf

Lack of Photosynthesis & Direct Sunlight Reaching the Earth - Increasing Cloud Cover


37S 1994 Reasons Why Trees and Shrubs May Fail to Bloom-One Reason Lack of Sunlight 1994.pdf

United States


37U 1985 Tree Deaths Red Pine Wisconsin.pdf

37U 1999 Tree Death and Forest Decline East Coast-Canada Heavy Metal in Air October by Donahue Forest Ecology Network.pdf

37U 2001Tree Decline & Death August 27, 2001 Hopey.pdf

37U 2005 Forest Decline - Tree Decline - Pests July 5, 2009 The Independent News.pdf

37U 2005 Tree Decline October 21, 2005.pdf

37U 2005 Tree Decline Search Arizona November 22, 2005 - Note Pronghorn Deer and Mule Deer Declines.pdf

37U 2005 University of Arizona Tree Deaths Sierra Nevada.pdf

37U 2006 Trees Colorado Aspen Decline September 11, 2006 Rocky Mountain News.pdf

37U 2008Tree Decline NYTimes November 17, 2008 Bark Beetles Kill Millions in West.pdf

37U 2008 Tree Decline NYTimes November 18, 2008 Temperature & Pests.pdf

37U 2009 Tree Mortality Increasing in B.C + Western U.S. CBCNews CA January 2009.pdf

37U 2010 Tree Growth Study-Many Questions NYTimes February 2, 2010 by Kaufman.pdf

37U 2010 U.S. Losing Trees FasterThan Other Heavily Forested Nations+Map April 27 2010 USA Today News.pdf

37U 2010 U.S. Losing Trees Faster Than Other Heavily Forested Nations+Map April 27 2010 USA Today News.pdf

37U U.S. Tree Ring Studies Reveal Goldmine of Information 2005 Toppled During Hurricanes.pdf

37V 1990 CRS Congressional Report Tree Decline Acid Rain October 12, 1990.pdf

U.S. Government Agencies & Policies


37V 2000 Tree Health Acid Rain July 2000.pdf

37V 2005 California USDA Forest Service National Forests in CA 2005.pdf

37V 2006 Tree Study Climate January 13, 2006 Importantance of Deep Rooted Trees.pdf

Air Pollution & Acid Rain


37X 2005 Pollution Tree Death Symptoms 2005.pdf

Cap & Trade Tree & Forest Offsets


37Y 2007 Australia Tree Planting Only Carbon Trading Scheme August 6,2007.pdf

37Y 2008 ENN News July 23, 2008 Improved Forest Practices Cut Carbon Emissions.pdf

37Y 2010 NCAR UCAR March 18, 2010 Forest Land Burns May Reduce US Carbon Footprint=Air Pollution Questions.pdf

No Comment


37Z 2008 Next Energy News September 18, 2008 Researchers Create Synthetic Tree to Study Organic Heat Transfer.pdf

"U.S. Forest Service - February 20, 2012 - Using Forest & Other Trees in Cap & Trade Carbon Credit Program.  This program allows trees in California and across the United States to be sold on the Stock Market as Pollution Offsets
(credits), so that these polluting corporations can continue to pollute at current or ever-increasing rates.  These tree
credits can be purchased by the public to "offset" their aviation travel and other polluting activities.  The increase in pollution from this "Ponzi-Type Scheme" will result in more pollution that will kill our trees and plants from acid rains and other types of pollution."

UEP Tree Carbon Calculator

Sarah Hines: Forest Carbon for the Private Landowner. Basics of carbon offsets, markets, and trading.

Maria Janowiak: An Introduction to Forest Carbon Management

Climate Change Resource Center: Forest and Grassland Carbon in North America


Growing is Forever

I have a deep affection for the Redwood forests of Northern California. This is my best attempt to capture the reverence I feel when in the presence of these giants.

A film by Jesse Rosten -
Words by Kallie Markle -
Music - "Window" The Album Leaf